La Reine des Bois - "Queen of the Woods" - represents premium quality for Domaine de la Mordoree.
Gold with green hints. Aromas of white and yellow fruits - peach, apricot, pear, citrus fruits, verbena, acacia. The palate is round, fruity, complex and elegant, with a long finish.
Pairs well with appetizers, fish, seafood, Comté cheese.
"I loved the 2021 Lirac Blanc, one of those whites that truly over-delivers. Beautiful notes of pear, white flowers, citrus, and some salty, mineral-like nuances define this beauty, and it's medium-bodied, with terrific balance, integrated acidity, and a great, great finish. Bravo. Drink this over the coming 2-4 years.”
- Jeb Dunnuck (November 2022), 94 pts
- Decanter (October 1st 2022), 92 pts
"Brimming with stone-fruit aromas with a touch of mango, this is a rich but very clean and crisp dry white from the Southern Rhone. Good concentration and a touch of positive tannin help it carry the generous body and 14.5% alcohol. From organically grown grapes. Drink now."
- James Suckling (March 2022), 90 pts
"Iconic grapes of 35% Grenache, 25% Clairette, 10% Viognier, 15% Roussanne, 10% Marsanne, and 5% Picpoul from 40-year-old vines make up this organic Southern Rhône white. A floral bouquet of white tea and jasmine make their designs on a defined slate mouthfeel. Lime pops with a tart center, along with notes of peach and gingerbread on a keen, edgy finish."
- The Somm Journal (Feb/March 2022), 94 pts
"This spry, perfumed and dry white opens with streaks of orange blossom and sun-drenched white peach. Vinified predominantly in stainless steel (with just 10% in neutral oak casks), it offers juicy stone-fruit and citrus flavors accented by hints of crushed stone and fresh herb. Best enjoyed now–2026. - ANNA LEE C. IIJIMA"
- Wine Enthusiast (April 2022), 91 pts
"A mix of most of the permitted white varieties (mostly Clairette, Grenache Blanc and Roussanne), the 2019 Lirac La Reine Des Bois Blanc is thrilling stuff, and I’d certainly put it up with any of the top Châteauneuf du Pape whites out there. Light gold hued with a clean, classy bouquet of crushed citrus, spiced pear, white flowers, and honeyed minerality, it hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, beautifully integrated acidity, and a great, salty, lip-smacking finish. It’s well worth seeking out and is ideal for enjoying over the coming 2-4 years (although I suspect it will last even longer).”
- Jeb Dunnuck (October 2020), 94 pts
"Plumes of spring blossom and grapefruit zest perfume this exuberant dry white. A rich, full-bodied blend of six regional white grape varieties, it's buoyantly peachy but maintains a fresh mineral balance. At peak now but should hold through 2024. - ANNA LEE C. IIJIMA"
- Wine Enthusiast (December 2020), 93 pts
"The oak in the 2018 Lirac Blanc La Reine des Bois has been pared back to only 10% (used barrels), allowing more melon fruit to show through than in the past. A blend of 35% Grenache, 25% Clairette, 15% Roussanne, 10% each Marsanne and Viognier and 5% Picpoul, it's full-bodied, round and honeyed. Soft and approachable, it should be consumed over the next year or two. Tasted twice (once blind), with one sample lacking fruit and length (sub-threshold TCA?).- Joe Czerwinski”
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #245, October 2019), 91 pts
"Light gold-colored, the 2018 Lirac La Reine Des Bois Blanc offers classy notes of apple blossom, mulled pears, and honeysuckle. It's clean and medium-bodied, with good depth of fruit, integrated acidity, and a clean finish. It's not one of the stronger releases here, but it’s still a solid effort.”
- Jeb Dunnuck (August 16th 2019), 89 pts
"Honeyed pineapple marks the nose of the 2016 Lirac La Reine des Bois Blanc. This rich, tropical fruit-laden wine somehow manages to maintain a sense of balance despite the almost overwhelming sensory overload, finishing long and dry. - Joe Czerwinski”
- Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate (Issue 233, October 31st 2017), 92 pts
"I continue to be impressed by this cuvée and the 2015 Lirac Cuvee de La Reine des Bois Blanc is another beautiful wine. Offering terrific notes of stone fruits, citrus blossom and a hint of freshly peeled apples, it has medium to full-bodied richness, integrated acidity and a great finish. This puppy has the freshness and purity to stand on its own, as well as the richness and depth to shine on the dinner table. - Jeb Dunnuck"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #227, October 28th 2016), 92 pts
"Bright, green-tinged straw. Fresh melon and nectarine scents are enlivened by suggestions of honey, chamomile and candied orange. Fleshy, expansive and dry, offering juicy pit fruit and melon flavors and a subtle touch of succulent herbs. Smoothly combines heft and vivacity and finishes long, seamless and floral, displaying a lingering hint of poached pear. - Josh Raynolds"
- Vinous (June 2016), 90 pts
"A smokin’ white, the 2014 Lirac Cuvee de la Reine des Bois Blanc sports a light gold color to go with tons of citrus blossom, crushed rock, hints of peach, and more brioche and nuttiness (even though this was raised all in stainless steel) developing on the finish. It has terrific freshness, good overall richness and an impeccably balanced feel, all of which will allow it to drink nicely for 2-4 years. - Jeb Dunnuck"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #223, March 2016), 91 pts
"This lively white shows enticing yellow apple, melon rind and white peach flavors, liberally laced with honeysuckle and quinine notes. Energetic finish. Drink now. 1,250 cases made. - JM"
- Wine Spectator (October 31st 2015), 90 pts
"Pale yellow. Lively aromas of green apple, lemon zest and jasmine, backed by a subtle mineral note. Dry and racy on entry, offering bitter pear skin and citrus fruit flavors and a touch of anise. Closes on a spicy note, showing good length and a lingering ginger quality. - Josh Raynolds"
- Vinous (June 2016), 89 pts
"It’s basically one-third each Grenache Blanc, Roussanne and Viognier, but the Viognier speaks loudest in the finished wine. Apricot and peppery-gingery spice notes mark the nose, while the texture is bolstered by Viognier’s phenolic content without becoming bitter. Drink now through 2015. — J.C."
- Wine Enthusiast (February 2015), 90 pts
"A rich, serious and classy effort, the 2012 Lirac Blanc La Reine des Bois is a blend of 30% Grenache Blanc and then equal parts Clairette, Roussanne, Marsanne, Viognier and Picpoul. It offers knockout white peach, buttered citrus, lime peel and edgy minerality to go with a gorgeously textured, rich, yet brilliantly focused profile on the palate. Mixing richness and freshness perfectly, it is well worth the effort to track down and should drink nicely for 2-3 years, possibly longer. Drink now-2017.- JD"
Wine Advocate (Jeb Dunnuck, Issue #209, October 2013), 92 pts
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In 1986, Francis Delorme and his son Christophe decided to devote themselves to their passion for wine. They bought an estate in Tavel with the goal of producing the greatest ...